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ARB urges early fee payment to avoid another ‘mass strike-off’

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The Architects Registration Board (ARB) has called on professionals to pay their annual fees before the end of the month to avoid a repeat of 2014’s mass strike

According to the ARB, this year saw a 50 per cent increase in the number of architects taken off the list, compared with 2013’s figure of roughly 1,300.

Earlier this year a total of 2,043 architects – almost six per cent of the UK’s 34,000-strong profession – failed to cough up the fee in time, forcing them to pay a £65 charge if they wanted to re-join the register.

Chief executive Karen Holmes said architects had until the end of the month to pay their £107 annual fee to ensure their retention on the register, which is a legal requirement for working as an architect.

‘We are reminding all architects to pay their retention fee by Wednesday 31 December 2014 to avoid their names being removed from the register for non-payment,’ she said.

‘Unfortunately this year we saw an increase in the number of architects removed for non-payment, for 2015 we would like to ensure the number of architects removed is kept to a minimum.’

The reminder came as it emerged that Bristol’s architect mayor George Ferguson was among those architects removed from the register for non-payment of fees in 2014.

Local activists made the discovery and questioned his use of the professional description ‘architect’.

They posted an e-mail purporting to be from the ARB responding to their queries on the Bristol News page on Facebook.

Ferguson took to Twitter and insisted he had ‘no intention of retaining ARB registration’ and had changed his biography page on Bristol City Council’s website to describe himself as a past president of RIBA.

The ARB’s annual registration fee has risen by one third since 2012, when it was £80.

 

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